Billy Joel and Elton John have finally made up, or at least killed the awkwardness behind their feud. On Thursday night, the two pianist had a reconciliation of sorts after John publicly bashed Joel in 2011 by saying he wasn’t taking his battle with alcoholism seriously and that he was also lazy.
“He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab, they’ve been light,” John told Rolling Stone Magazine two years ago. “When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love.”
Ever since the 66-year-old called out his fellow pianist, there hasn’t been much talk, if any, between the two. Now they’ve settled their dispute at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony this past Thursday.
Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin were in attendance to receive the ceremony’s top honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. John took the stage and addressed Billy Joel personally as he said, “I didn’t see you tonight, Mr. Joel, but I want to see you.”
Before you knew it, Joel was on the stage as well, introducing Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner for their performance. He went on to send a message right back to the “Rocket Man” pop icon, explaining that everything is alright.
“Is Elton still here, by the way? Anyway, we’re OK,” he said. “Call me. It’s the same phone number.”
The former touring partners have finally ended their feud, though it’s unknown whether the phone call ever came. Nevertheless, Joel explained that “we’re OK,” which should be enough to keep the talking at bay for now.
Who knows, maybe they’ll rekindle their past tours and even take the stage together for a “make-up performance.” Anything could happen and both are still creating music and doing live shows.
Do you think Elton John has killed the awkward feud with Billy Joel after addressing the situation on Thursday night?
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